An Australian accounting body has called on the federal government to provide clarity for businesses looking to reopen and continue trading under its state and territory roadmaps.
On Monday, CPA Australia said that without clear direction, businesses — including those in the advice industry — will be left in the dark and uncertain about what they can and can’t do post-lockdown.
“Many financial advisers are small business owners themselves,” CPA Australia chief executive Andrew Hunter told ifa.
“They don’t necessarily have the time or money to spend on ferreting out answers to these questions.”
CPA Australia has issued the government with 10 questions it must answer for businesses to begin planning for post-lockdown trading:
“In ordinary times, financial advisers have frequent in-person contact with clients. Many Australians have had diminished access to financial advice since the pandemic began,” Mr Hunter continued.
“Financial advisers are keen to provide in-person services to their clients but need to know how to do this in a COVID-safe manner.”
CPA will raise the 10 questions in upcoming meetings with state and territory governments, saying that the more time businesses have to work through the COVID-safe and vaccination requirements, the better they will be set up for successful reopenings.
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